As Seen on ‘The Beverly Hillbillies,’ $350M Bel-Air Estate Is America’s Most Expensive Listing

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A ritzy mansion that starred in the 1960s The Beverly Hillbillies sitcom is the priciest home––asking $350 million––to hit the market in the U.S.

Built in 1933 by architect Sumner Spaulding, the French chateau-style neoclassical residence in Bel-Air first belonged to hotelier Arnold Kirkeby, who bought it in the 1940s. While he lived there, he rented it out for the set of The Beverly Hillbillies. In 1986, Kirkeby sold the estate to late billionaire, Jerry Perenchio, who died in May, for $13.5 million, according to property records.

Perenchio bought several neighboring parcels, nearly doubling the total land to 10.3 acres. Most recently, he paid $9.2 million in 2009 for a 1.3-acre lot on Nimes Road. At one point, he hired interior designer Henri Samuel to redesign the home, which he named“Chartwell.”

A private driveway leads to the 25,000-square-foot main house, with an impressive wine cellar, a ballroom, and a paneled dining room, among other such exquisite rooms.

There is also a guesthouse, designed by architect Wallace Neff, tennis courts, and a 75-foot pool and pool house, and covered parking, on the property’s manicured grounds.

The listings agents include Drew Fenton, Gary Gold, and Jeff Hyland of Hilton & Hyland; Alexandra Allen, Jade Mills, Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker; and Drew Gitlin and Susan Gitlin of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.

The brokers announced the listing Monday, but it has not been entered into the multiple listing service.

In January, another exorbitantly priced estate, nicknamed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” was listed with a $250 price tag. The 55,000-square-foot, brand-new construction, also located in Bel Air, comes with a $30 million car collection, a full-time seven-person staff, and much more.

Image courtesy of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, Hilton & Hyland, and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

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